Federal data privacy bill introduced by 15 US senators
Laura Hautala reports:
The US doesn’t have a single data privacy law that applies to all fifty states. On Wednesday, a group of 15 US senators indicated it wanted to change the status quo, introducing the Data Care Act.
The bill (PDF) would require companies that collect personal data from users to take reasonable steps to safeguard the information. The act also has provisions to prevent them from using the data in ways that could harm consumers.
If the bill becomes law, the US Federal Trade Commission would be in charge of implementing it.
“People have a basic expectation that the personal information they provide to websites and apps is well-protected and won’t be used against them,” Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii who is sponsoring the bill, said in a press release.
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